Kawasaki ZRX1100 (1997-2001) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki ZRX1100.

The Kawasaki ZRX1100 was part of the Kawasaki Z series. It was introduced in 1997 and made up until 2001. In 2001, the ZRX1100 and was replaced by the larger-engined ZRX1200 motorcycles.

The ZRX1100 and the later ZRX1200 were styled like 1980s muscle bikes, which were large bikes with large engines. Conceptually they’re quite similar — large, naked motorcycles, retro-designed, with inline-four engines that were carburettor-fed.

There are bikes today that still have the same aesthetic, like the classically-styled but very-modern Kawasaki Z900RS.

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Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki ZRX1100

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki ZRX1100.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.

The maintenance for the Kawasaki ZRX1100 was originally broken into two sections: Emission Related, and Non-Emission Related. They have been combined.


  • Many items were originally classified as “Kawasaki dealer service-only”, but of course, times have changed and you’re probably working on this yourself.
  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here (I doubt you have a sub-30K ZRX1100…)
  • †: Replace. add. adjust, or torque if necessary.
  • #: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
x1000 km0.851015202530
x1000 miEvery0.5369121518
Carburetor syncronization – check †
Idle speed–adjust
Throttle grip play–check †
Spark plug–clean and gap †
Valve clearance – check †
Air suction valve – check †
Air cleaner element — clean † #
Brake light switch — check †
Brake pad wear– check † #
Brake/clutch fluid level — check †month
Brake/clutch fluid – change2 years
Steering — check †
Drive chain wear – check † #
Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †
Tire wear–check †
Engine oil–change #6 months
Oil filter–replace
General Lubrication–perform
Front fork oil–change2 years
Front fork oil leak – check †
Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †
Swingarm pivot — lubricate
Coolant – change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections – check †
Steering stem bearing–lubricate2 years
Brake/clutch master cylinder cup and dust seal–replace4 years
Caliper piston seal and dust seal–replace4 years
Clutch slave cylinder piston seal – replace4 years
Drive chain – lubricate #Every 600 km (400 mi)
Drive chain slack – check † #Every 1000 km (600 mi)
Kawasaki ZRX1100 maintenance schedule table

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki ZRX1100

The Kawasaki ZRX1100 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard (tubeless type). Stock, the ZRX1100 shipped with Bridgestone Battlax or Dunlop D204 tyres. These days, people fit other sport or sport touring tyres.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 (58W)225 kPa/32psi
Rear170/60 ZR17 (72W)250 kPa/36psi
Tyre sizes and pressures for the original Kawasaki ZRX1100

General information about the Kawasaki ZRX1100

Kawasaki ZRX1100 clocks, gauges, display

The Kawasaki ZRX1100 is a standard or sport motorcycle (these days called a “naked” or “retro”) powered by 1052 cc, four-stroke, transverse four-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder engine.

The engine for the ZRX1100 is losely based on the ZX-11, which was once the world’s fastest motorcycle. But Kawasaki changed a few things. A low compression ratio (10:1) combined with less lumpy cams, more flywheel effect, and smaller (36mm vs. 40mm) carbs give the ZRX a flat torque curve. A gear-driven counter-balancer quells secondary vibration.

In general, the “very fast” ZX-11 was tamed to become the “quite fast” ZRX1100. Along the way, the style was significantly changed — more form over function.

Kawasaki also polished the valve covers to draw attention to the DOHC layout. They also polished the cylinder fins for more glam appeal.

Kawasaki ZRX1100 engine

The engine is housed in a double-cradle tubular-steel frame, which has a removable aluminum down tube to ease engine removal.

The ZRX1100 also has very good, modern braking, with twin six-piston calipers on 283 mm discs up front.

Manual for the Kawasaki ZRX1100

Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual 2000 Kawasaki ZRX1100.
User manual screenshot for the Kawasaki ZRX1100

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2000 Kawasaki ZRX1100, which is available here.

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